Social science news from and about Nepal

December 2019 | Vol 2, No 2


Bihari Krishna Fellowship
Social Science Baha is collaborating with the Central Department of Anthropology at Tribhuvan University to begin two fellowships under the Bihari Krishna Fellowship in Ethnographic Research: ‘PhD Ethnographic Research Fellowship’ and ‘Dissertation-to-Book Fellowship’.
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100 Books on Nepal
Annapurna Post, a Nepali-language daily broadsheet, conducted a survey among Nepali scholars to draw up an essential list of social science books on Nepal. Find out the results of the survey here.

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for 
The Ninth Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
organised by Social Science Baha,
Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Britain-Nepal Academic Council,
Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS &
Nepal Academic Network (Japan).
Conference dates: 29-31 July 2020
Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2020
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Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for papers on areas related to migration in the Nepali context for the CESLAM Kathmandu Migration Conference organised by the Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha, Kathmandu.
Conference dates: 19-20 March 2020
Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2020
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Appeal for Contribution to
Chautari Research Fellowship Fund
Martin Chautari has established a Chautari Research Fellowship Fund with the aim of supporting Nepali researchers, especially young researchers and university students, in their academic research and writing.
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Call for Research Articles
Submissions are invited for inclusion in Vol 8, No 3 of International Journal of Environment, a peer-reviewed journal published by Progressive Sustainable Developers Nepal. Original research articles on, but not limited to, agriculture and environment can be submitted to
Submission deadline: 20 December 2019
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Fee Waiver

Since Nepal is an Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) partner country, authors from Nepal are eligible for a waiver of the Article Processing Charges (APC) while publishing their articles in open access journals published by De Gruyter journals. The agreement runs until December 2021, and the offer is available to authors publishing in any of over 440 journals.
For more details, contact the EIFL Country Coordinator for Nepal, Jagadish Aryal



Journal of Nepalese Studies
Vol 12, No 1, 2019
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Nepal Journal of Multidisciplinary Research
Vol 2, No 2, 2019
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Anka 1, Purnanka 117,
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Research Nepal Journal of Development Studies
Vol 2, No 1, 2019
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South Asia
Journal of South Asian Studies
Social and Political Transformation in Nepal: Exploring the Relational Nature of the State
(Special Section)
Vol 42, No 5, 2019
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The Geographic Base
Vol 6, 2019
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Gurkha Odyssey
Campaigning for the Crown
Peter Duffell
Pen & Sword Books, 2019

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Nepali Kranti ra Ganeshman Singh
Hari Gautam
Oriental Publication, 2019

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My Greater Nepal
Rajan Karki
Ratna Sagar Prakashan, 2019
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Nepal's Economy In Disarray
The Policies and Politics of Development

Pushkar Bajracharya, Mohan Das Manandhar & Rojan Bajracharya
Adroit Publishers, 2019
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Heartbreak in the Himalayas
Ray Hodgson
Busybird Publishing, 2019

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The Nepal Nexus
An Inside Account of
the Maoists, the Durbar and
New Delhi

Sudheer Sharma
Penguin Random House India, 2019

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Sex, Gender and Disability in Nepal
Marginalized Narratives and Policy Reform

Tulasi Acharya
Routledge, 2019
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Nepalko Itihaas ra Sanskritika Kehi Paksha
Bhuwanlal Pradhan
Nepal Academy, 2019

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Tourism and Nationalism in Nepal
A Developing Country Perspective
Kalyan Bhandari
Routledge, 2019

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Community and Structure of a Town (Kathmandu Valley)
Mohan Pant
Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Traditions and Culture, 2019

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Journal Articles

Aspirations in Grey Space
Neighbourhood Governance in Nepal and Jordan
Hanna A. Ruszczyk & Martin Price
Area, 2019 (early view)
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Construction of the Scale-Specific Resilience Index to Facilitate Multiscale Decision Making in Disaster Management
A Case Study of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

Jinglu Song, Bo Huang, Rongrong Li &
Rishikesh Pandey

Social Indicators Research (Springer Nature), 2019
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Everyday Realities of Reintegration
Experiences of Maoist ‘Verified’ Women Ex-Combatants in the Aftermath of War in Nepal

Luna KC
Conflict, Security & Development, 19:5, 2019
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Fatalistic Beliefs and Migration Behaviors
A Study of Ideational Demography in Nepal

Arland Thornton, Prem Bhandari,
Jeffrey Swindle, Nathalie Williams,
Linda Young-DeMarco, Cathy Sun
Christina Hughes
Population Research and Policy Review, 2019
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Gender, Marriage and the Dynamic of (Im)mobility in the Mid-Western
Hills of Nepal

Ina Zharkevich
Mobilities, 14:5, 2019
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Money and Blood
Remittances as a Substance of Relatedness in Transnational Families in Nepal
Ina Zharkevich
American Anthropologist, 2019
(early online publication)
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Nepali Women’s Labour Migration
Between Protection and Proscription
Bandita Sijapati, Joelle Mak,
Cathy Zimmerman
& Ligia Kiss
Migration Letters, 16:4, 2019
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Pesticide Residues in Nepalese Vegetables and Potential Health Risks 
Govinda Bhandari, Paul Zomer,
Kishor Atreya, Hans G.J. Mol,
Xiaomei Yang
& Violette Geissen
Environmental Research, 172, 2019
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Regional Differentials in Multidimensional Poverty in Nepal
Rethinking Dimensions and Method of Computation
Srinivas Goli, Nagendra Kumar Maurya, Moradhvaj & Prem Bhandari
Sage Open, 2019
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Revitalizing Local Government Performance Management
Further Dissecting the Role of Socioeconomic Status and Social Mobilization Policy

Ganesh Prasad Pandeya & Tatsuo Oyama
Local Government Studies, 2019
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The Question of Equal Representation of Citizens in the Legislature of Nepal
Rhetoric and Reality
Ganesh Prasad Pandeya & Tatsuo Oyama
Asian Journal of Political Science, 27:1, 2019
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Research Reports

Advancing Workers’ Rights under SDGs
Policy and Situational Analysis of Decent Work in Nepal
Jeevan Baniya, Sunita Basnet,
Himalaya Kharel & Rajita Dhungana
CESLAM, 2019
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Early Developments in Telephones and Electricity in Nepal 
Research Brief No 26, June 2019
Martin Chautari
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On the Road in Rasuwa, Nepal (Photo Essay)
Nyima Dorjee Bhotia & Phurwa Dhondup Gurung
Himalaya, 2019
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Hritika Rana was awarded a PhD degree from Department of Development Studies, School of Arts, Kathmandu University in March 2019.  Her dissertation, ‘Nexus between Agricultural Transition, Feminization of Agriculture, and Women’s Empowerment in Nepal’, examines changing gender relations in citrus-producing pocket areas of Sindhuli district in central Nepal by using a transformatory research design. The research unravels how gender hierarchies are changed, maintained, or exacerbated within a multi-functional agrarian transition framework.
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The Newsletter is a periodic electronic publication from Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, featuring information and latest developments on Nepal-related social science activities. It will initially be offered as a bi-monthly service, and the frequency may change depending on demand and available content. The Newsletter is a free service of Social Science Baha's, in keeping with its mandate to contribute to Nepal’s social science knowledge generation and dissemination.

The Newsletter consists of:
i) Announcements: Calls for conference papers, invitations to be part of special issues of journals or edited volumes, news about conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures, etc,
ii) Publications: Recently published books, book chapters, Nepal-specific journals, special issues of journals, and journal articles, working papers, occasional papers, published reports, bibliographies, etc, and
iii) New research: Information about new social science research on Nepal, including recently completed PhDs.

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